Australia vs India 2018/19, Geoff Lawson, Cheteshwar Pujara
Lawson praised Pujara ahead of the Perth Test. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Australia bowler, Geoff Lawson showered praises on Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 123 and 71 runs both the innings in Adelaide Test. However, the former pacer said the Australian batsmen must follow Pujara’s example and bat accordingly. Meanwhile, Lawson reckons the Optus Stadium in Perth will be similar to the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground, where the second Test is undergoing between both teams.

There will be pace and bounce in Perth – Lawson

“How the [new stadium’s] pitch will play is going to be very interesting, but it could be very similar to the traditional WACA strip. There will be plenty pace and bounce,” said Geoff Lawson.

Moreover, the 61-year-old also said Pujara’s significant contribution helped the Indian national cricket team to win the Adelaide Test. However, the top-orders from Australia didn’t put up a great show, and the second-half had added the maximum runs. The former speedster also stressed that batting is a major worry for the hosts.

Geoff Lawson, Cheteshwar Pujara
Geoff Lawson says the Australian team should learn from Pujara. Image Courtesy: Getty

“They lost in Adelaide because the batsmen did not make big runs. The second half of the order got most of the runs. No one got half-centuries in the top order [in the first innings], and they need to be a bit more patient and follow the example of Cheteshwar Pujara,” Lawson added.

Australia must learn from Pujara – Geoff Lawson

Furthermore, Lawson who was appointed Pakistan’s coach after the demise of Bob Woolmer in 2007 appreciated Indian bowling attack. Meanwhile, the bowlers also played a significant role and had managed to bagged all the twenty wickets in the Adelaide Test.

Australia vs India 2018, Geoff Lawson, Cheteshwar Pujara
The Indian team is playing the second Test in Perth. Image Courtesy: Getty

“You would think it might favour Australia a bit more than Adelaide did, but India’s fast bowling is excellent. They can bowl on all sorts of wickets. All their bowlers did pretty well. They bowled well as a unit and kept the pressure at both ends,” Geoff Lawson concluded.

Australia is currently playing the second Test of the four-match Test series against India. It will be interesting to see if the hosts can make the series level at 1-1.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover